Pumpkin season has arrived: whether you like them in a gourmet dinner by candlelight or in Ghostface versions carved for Halloween, here is a list of "Secrets" places where you can live romantic and fun autumn experiences.
Nonno Andrea Agribar & Pumpkin Village
It is no secret that Nonno Andrea’s pumpkin village in Villorba, near Treviso, is among the most beautiful ones in the world. A wonderful “orange world” decorated with over 150,000 pumpkins, of which 60 different varieties, which wind through fun installations, such as the “Pumpkin Wall” or the one dedicated to the “Largest Pumpkin in Italy” weighing 1184 kilos (the only one that does not was grown inside the Nonno Andrea farm), various themed paths, 2 mini trains, food trucks, bars and an arena where a busy calendar of shows is held, as well as an area entirely dedicated to Halloween pumpkins.
The village, a project started in 2018 and grown year after year, is part of the special initiatives created by the organic and biodiverse Nonno Andrea farm which cultivates over 90 hectares of land, giving life to extraordinary products such as fruit and vegetables, but also its now famous “goodness in a jar”: biscuits, jams, condiments, pickles, beer, wines and much more.
And here is the real “secret”: all the delicacies that are grown or produced in the farm’s laboratories can be purchased or tasted, right next to the Villaggio delle Zucche, in the Nonno Andrea Agriturismo and Agribar, perfect for breakfasts, lunches or dinners from 8 to 10pm, Monday to Saturday. A pumpkin cappuccino breakfast is truly unmissable for Halloween!
Pumpkin Village, upon reservation till 31 October on this link
Agriturismo & Agribar, upon reservation:
Via Campagnola 72B
31020 Villorba, Treviso
Tel. +39 0422 444670
In the center of Treviso, the pastry café with artisan workshop is famous for its “made-to-measure” cakes, the tiramisu awarded as the best in the city, but above all its cupcukes which are created as real fashion collections, therefore updated with new colors and shapes for every holiday or season.
A place, founded by Valentina Soster, today in continuous evolution thanks to the constant research of her daughter Linda Maria Botter who, year after year, enriches this delightful “parlor” with details and novelties, also perfect for shopping for cups, porcelain and various ultrachic gift ideas.
The great attention to artisanal and organic products makes Camelia Bakery a true paradise for the most “demanding” gourmet breaks. And in this period, you can’t help but try the new Halloween Collection which, between coffin-shaped biscuits and cupcakes with skulls and horror decorations, definitely offers the scariest snack of the year!
Via Palestro 30
Tel. +39 0422 275502
For online shopping: shop.cameliabakery.it
Secret Bistrot @ Al Tezzon
In Camposampiero near Padua, the Secret Bistrot is a romantic “Neverland” made of true flavours, scents of distant journeys and ancient emotions where you can take refuge for Sunday brunch, surrounded by objects that warm the heart and a fairytale atmosphere with attention to every detail.
A “secret” meeting staged every weekend by the sisters Valentina, designer and art director, founder of the event designing agency Selvàtica, and Katia Zuanon, fashion & travel designer, in the porch of the luxury Hotel Al Tezzon.
Secret Bistrot embraces a holistic philosophy which is also found in the menu based on seasonal vegetables, also gluten-free or vegan on request, which tells the story of the territory and the fruits of the earth with the use of natural products and flavors. And, obviously, in October pumpkin is the protagonist, even with the delicious Pumpkin Cappuccino!
Secret Bistrot Event
Via Trento Trieste 33/10
35012 Camposampiero, Padova
Tel. +39 348 2825530
Brunch every Sunday by reservation, open on other days for private events
In Pieve di Cadore, Titian’s birthplace, an ancient barn has been transformed into a charming B&B where Olga and Fabio welcome their guests with the magical touch of those who have lived among these mountains all their lives and want, through the art of hospitality, making you experience the best that this area has to offer.
Starting from breakfast where, every morning, a real ritual takes place at Il Tabià made of cured meats and smoked speck handcrafted specifically for the B&B, mountain cheeses, homemade yoghurt, pollen and honey from the area, but above all exceptional cakes made fresh every day.
Masterpieces of pastry art that become even more special on the occasion of special holidays, such as Halloween, when Il Tabià “dresses up” and the beautiful breakfast room is a riot of desserts in the shape of ghosts, spiders and skeletons and decorations prepared with pumpkins and wonderful autumn flowers. And for the more romantic, a room with a stand-alone bathtub and a view of the mountains awaits you!
Piazzale Martiri della Libertà 9
32044 Pieve di Cadore, Belluno
Tel. + 39 0435 580066 | +39 388 4659816
Rooms: from 135 euro with breakfast included; the B&B can be booked for the Halloween period and then reopens in December